Sam Pettersen

Relevant Lent

February 21, 2017     Sam Pettersen    

The word Lent may bring different experiences to mind. Maybe some of you experienced the stuffier version of a traditional Lent that had no breathing room. Maybe it feels like a Bible Calendar that isn’t relevant to your walk. Or maybe you’ve experienced something profound that changed the landscape of your spiritual life. I’ve talked with youth workers across the nation and everyone has a different thought about the practice of Lent,…    read more 

Working in a Toxic Church

February 7, 2017     Sam Pettersen    

WORKING IN A TOXIC CHURCH When you’re working in the ministry, you run the risk of ending up in a toxic environment. When this happens it can be devastating to your spiritual life, your family, and can make you question this idea of the “Church” altogether. But before I continue, you might be wondering if your environment is toxic or if its just in a bad season. If you find yourself wondering…    read more 

February Resources: That Will Help You Win

January 31, 2017     Sam Pettersen    

Its that time of the year again and we’ve got some awesome resources that will help you make this the best February ever!   GAMES    Babel Babble: Valentine’s Day Edition // $3   This Is Why I’m Broke: Valentine’s Day Edition $3   MESSAGE SERIES   The Pursuit // $9  Girl Talk: #RelationshipGoals // $3    The “L” Word // $16 GRAPHICS    Instagram Devotional for February // $5  

How to Save Future Marriages

January 31, 2017     Sam Pettersen    

February is almost here and if you’ve been in youth ministry or you were a student in one, you know that most groups will instinctively talk about two topics: Love or Sex. If you’re teaching on love you might be talking about how amazing God’s love is, and you will probably start throwing around the greek concepts of love to show how love can be so different. If you’re teaching on sex,…    read more 

Social Media Tools For Student Ministry

January 23, 2017     Sam Pettersen    

So a couple of years ago I created a Social Media handbook to train up leaders and students on the philosophy and the how-tos of Social Media marketing. We published it on YouthMin for free a couple of months ago, and we’ve seen several thousand people download it and put it to use. If you haven’t seen it yet you can go download it here.  I believe that tool is super helpful in…    read more 

More Baby-Face Confessions

January 17, 2017     Sam Pettersen    

A month ago I wrote a blog called “Dear Baby-Faced Pastor,” where I told y’all about my struggle with looking like a 15 year old. When we posted it we got a huge response from everyone and people we’re even daring enough to share their own stories. Some of the stories made me cringe and some made me throw away my razor and shaving cream. So we decided to share some of…    read more 

Dear Baby-Faced Youth Pastor,

December 12, 2016     Sam Pettersen    

My name is Sam Pettersen, and I am a baby-faced youth pastor. Its not an opinion that I’m baby-faced; it’s been proven over and over again by parents and other adults. One time, I was waiting with a 7th grade student for his mom to come get him, and when she finally came she yelled out her car window “Does your little friend need a ride?” I let her know that my…    read more 

YouthMin Mannequin Challenge

November 19, 2016     Sam Pettersen    

Holy trendy-band-wagon Batman! We had over 30 submissions for the Mannequin Challenge, and if you haven’t watched everybody’s you can find the Mannequin Challenge post here. With that said, here are the top five submissions for the Mannequin challenge. 5. Ignite Ocala| Josh McCullough|Click here To Watch Loved seeing this group go crazy in the middle of their worship set! They really made the mannequin challenge great again. Watch their video to understand that…    read more 

Skipping a Step in Making Disciples

There’s a constant agitating thought that occurs every time I think about youth ministry. It’s a thought that every youth pastor is plagued by. There are so many Christians in this world, but very few are disciples. I see a lot of students accepting Christ, but it seems like very few are taking the next step towards discipleship. Sometimes I feel like Elijah, looking around for leaders that are furthering the cause…    read more 

Make Thanksgiving Great Again!

October 25, 2016     Sam Pettersen    

No debate about it. This year’s Thanksgiving is gonna be huge and YouthMin is going to help you get there. So check out these resources and let’s make Thanksgiving great again! Thanksgiving Small Group Lesson One of the most powerful things that you as the youth pastor can do is to engage what is currently happening in the student’s world and connect it with the Gospel. This lesson attempts to bridge the…    read more